An open letter from the Bharatiya Association of Drivers (BAD) to the minister for roads and transport
Honourable and Respected Mantriji,
On behalf of the Bharatiya Association of Drivers (BAD) I am bringing to your notice that 72 years after India won Independence we, the drivers of this country, are once again facing the zulm of foreign rule.
And I am sad to say this foreign rule is being imposed on us by none other than the ministry over which your esteemed self presides: viz the ministry of roads and transport, which has begun, without any provocation, to levy zubberdust fines – often amounting to many thousands of rupees – on us poor drivers of all kinds, be they drivers of cars, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, trucks, buses, and, for all we know, of bullock carts as well.
Fines are being imposed for a meaningless rule like ‘Driving on the wrong side of the road’. How can there be a wrong side of a road and a right side? Both sides are same-to-same. So who says there’s a wrong side of the road? Does the road say it?
Then there’s a fine to do with those pretty decorations on our roads, which are like Diwali lights, and change colour from green, to yellow, to red.
All of sudden a rule has been made that when the red light is on all drivers must stop and wait for it to turn green.
How dumb is that. As if those stupid lights know when I’m running late to pick my Missus up from her kitty party, or the kiddies from school.
Then there are these rules about seat belts and safety helmets. Will the people riding on a bullock cart also have to wear seat belts? Will the buffalo have to wear a helmet?
All rules – particularly road rules – are totally foreign to us. This foreign rule-bazi must end, or all of us who belong to BAD will do a rasta-roko and block all the roads, highways and gulli-guchhas in the country.
Drivers of India unite! You have nothing to lose but your challans!